Doonside Technology High School

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English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Students learn about the English language through written, spoken and visual texts of increasing complexity as they progress through their schooling.

An understanding of the English language is central to how we communicate and essential for intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:

  • English Advanced
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2
  • English Standard
  • English Studies.

As the only mandatory subject students are required to take from year 7 to 12, English is a dynamic and engaging subject encompassing many of the vital skills and experiences required for broad social success.

The study of English enables students to recognise and use a diversity of approaches and texts to meet the growing array of literacy demands, including higher-order social, aesthetic and cultural literacy. This study is designed to promote a sound knowledge of the structure and function of the English language and to develop effective English communication skills. Through reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing experience, ideas and values, students are encouraged to adopt a critical approach to all texts and to distinguish the qualities of texts. Students also develop English language skills to support their study at Stage 6 and beyond.

The Doonside Technology High School English faculty is comprised of an innovative, enthusiastic and professional group of teachers who bring a diverse range of experience to their teaching practice. The English faculty seeks to provide a positive, engaging and stimulating learning environment in which all students are supported in the development of the critical and functional literacy skills required for vocational and academic success. Drawing on a range of innovating learning technologies, the English faculty engages students in ‘real world’ learning experiences that equip them with essential 21st century skills.